Sing Like No One’s Listening
A moving YA debut about a talented young singer struggling with the death of her mother, performance anxiety, and love during her first year at a prestigious performing arts school.
“Anglophiles, music and theater nerds, and those looking for some classic will-they-won’t-they romance will all find something to enjoy here.” —Kirkus Reviews
Former West End performer and author Vanessa Jones delivers a well-crafted journey of grief and healing in her YA debut novel about Nettie Delaney, a young singer who has just lost her mother and been accepted into a prestigious performing arts school―the very same school her superstar mother attended.
With her mother’s shadow hanging over her, Nettie has her work cut out for her―and everyone is watching. To make matters worse, she hasn’t been able to sing a single note since her mother died. Whenever she tries, she just clams up.
But if Nettie’s going to survive a demanding first year and keep her place in a highly coveted program, she’ll have to work through her grief, find her voice, and deliver a showstopper. Or face expulsion.
Publication Date: 9/1/2020
Page Count: 312
Size: 5-1/4″ x 8″
Age Range: 12 – 16
Age Range: 12 – 16
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Themes: Grief, Healing, Musical Theater, Performing arts, Romance, Self-confidence
BISAC 1: YAF047050 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Theater & Musicals
BISAC 2: YAF058050 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death, Grief, Bereavement
BISAC 3: YAF052020 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
“Anglophiles, music and theater nerds, and those looking for some classic will-they-won’t-they romance will all find something to enjoy here. Jones writes her subject matter authentically, with obvious passion to balance the professional arts’ not-so-pretty struggles…. A touching portrait of healing after loss.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Jones’ novel has the expected Fame vibes that will delight any reader who loves stories of aspiring young stars learning their craft, but its exploration of Nettie’s complexities makes the story unique…. Jones offsets the narrative’s weightier moments with light and quirky ones, making it a fast read with staying power.” —Booklist
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Meet the Author
Vanessa Jones trained at Laine Theatre Arts and went on to be a musical theater actor in West End Shows, including Sister Act, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and Mary Poppins. She began her writing career with a stage play for a fringe theater and also works as a freelance copywriter and editor. She lives in England with her fellow chimney sweep.